The vice president of purchasing at Hutchings Automotive Products (HAP), Wesley Hutchings continues a decades-old family legacy in automotive parts manufacturing that began with his father and S&H Fabricating & Engineering in 1968. An integral member of HAP’s executive team, Wesley Hutchings fulfills such responsibilities as materials sourcing, contract negotiations, and quality assurance for the OEM automotive hose and tube fabricator.
Since the company’s formation in the early 2000s, Wes Hutchings and HAP have performed a wide range of manufacturing and engineering services for clients in the automotive sector. Leveraging offices in the United States and abroad, HAP manufactures its parts in a state-of-the-art, 185,000-square-foot facility in Cartago, Costa Rica, that employs 800 workers, houses the prototype/sample department, and boasts 15 bending machines, a Therma-Tron-X SlideRail Square Transfer material handling system, an Udylite Junior zinc alloy plating machine, and three copper-brazing ovens, among other equipment. Products fabricated at HAP include engine oil sumps, heater coolant lines, and transmission internal tubes.